SOUTHLAKE — With Denton specializing in its own brand of high-strung and aggressive trapping defense, the Broncos came into Wednesday’s Class 5A area-round playoff game hoping to tire out Birdville and keep its shooters from catching fire. The Broncos limited the Hawks in stretches, but ultimately Birdville’s shooters earned enough open looks and knocked down enough contested shots to do critical damage as they defeated Denton 74-58.
The boys basketball playoffs are set to begin this week for six Denton-area teams while the Argyle and Sanger girls remain alive and venture into third-round action.
Three games into District 5-5A play, the Denton Broncos are doing their best impression of a chameleon, using different looks to disguise themselves and their attacks.
Opening their District 5-5A schedule against Saginaw Chisholm Trail on Tuesday at Bronco Field, Denton set out to achieve a goal its juniors had long sought — winning a district game.
The Denton Broncos swim team, led by a pair of freshmen, Janna Herron and Seth Hermann, grabbed second place finishes in the boys and girls divisions at the District 6-5A Swim and Dive Championships in Grapevine on Saturday and will have contestants in 19 events to the UIL Class 5A regionals in two weeks in Mansfield.
In each team’s final test before district play, Denton and Lake Dallas played to a scoreless tie Friday at Bronco Field. After shutting out Decatur 10-0 on Jan. 13, Denton senior goalkeeper Peyton Lenaburg...
In a teeter-totter District 5-5A matchup between Denton and Saginaw Chisholm Trail, the Broncos were led by 33 points from Emerson Espinoza, but it was crucial plays by Key’andre Hearvey and Edson Vasquez at the end of regulation and in overtime that helped Denton escape with a 65-64 victory Tuesday.
After Denton edged Saginaw on the road Tuesday, coach Harold Jackson wanted to save the Broncos’ energy for Friday’s District 5-5A matchup against Wichita Falls. He held a light practice Wednesday to let his players rest their legs and focus on shooting. That extra energy and attention to shooting were on display in the third quarter as the Broncos outscored the Coyotes 19-9 en route to a 69-47 win, with Emerson Espinoza leading the way with 27 points to push Denton’s district record to 3-2.
The Iron Bridge Classic boys soccer tournament has gone through several changes since it was started by Guyer coach Cody Schroeder in the 2007 season. When the ninth annual event kicks off today, it will see perhaps the biggest change yet in a big development for the Denton school district, as it will feature all three DISD high schools for the first time.
After going 4-0 in last week’s Azle tournament triumph while avenging last season’s loss to Azle in the tourney final, the Denton Lady Broncos showed Tuesday that they are ready to make some noise this season, smothering visiting Decatur right out of the gate for a 10-0 victory.
Denton’s Key’andre Hearvey has been taking his time getting back into basketball shape after he hurt his knee in November while with the football team. On Friday against Azle, after the Broncos’ lackluster loss against Wichita Falls Rider on Tuesday, Hearvey showed a return to form with a game-high 16 points as Denton got its first District 5-5A win in a 71-38 decision.
Freshman forward Jamie Means’ recent improvement was on display Friday in Denton’s 55-32 win over Fort Worth Brewer en route to a game-high 17 points, but Denton coach Erin Taylor credited fellow forward Ginger Krahl with refining Means’ game in practice.
CORINTH — Holding a 32-19 lead at halftime, Denton seemed as if it had figured out the Lake Dallas Falcons, who couldn’t contain the Broncos’ fast-paced transition game.
Jada Catlin’s baseline jumper for Denton with 40 seconds left Friday evened the score at 50 in a topsy-turvy District 5-5A contest with Saginaw Boswell.
In their 2013 finale against Trophy Club Nelson, the Denton Broncos lost 28-21, but it was a late fourth-down conversion for a touchdown by wide receiver Key’andre Hearvey that breathed life into a comeback that fell just short.
The Denton Broncos worked on their physics lessons Friday, channeling Newton’s third law of motion. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
SANGER — Ryan held off a late rally Friday and Liberty Christian won in a rout on Day 2 of the Sanger tournament.
With Denton scratching its way back to within 54-51 against Sanger, the Lady Indians wanted to get back to the aggressive ways that built them a seven-point third-quarter lead.
Trailing Ryan 18-9 after the first quarter, the Denton Broncos clawed back to tie Tuesday’s game at 59 with less than 90 seconds remaining.
JUSTIN — Brick by brick the Denton Broncos built their program up after several consecutive losing seasons while their opening-round playoff win against Birdville gave them their first playoff win since 2002, but on Friday at Northwest ISD Stadium in the Class 5A Division I Region I area round, the Broncos ran into an offensive buzz saw in the reigning Class 4A Division II state champion Aledo Bearcats.
JUSTIN — Amassing a two-possession lead by halftime and holding the Class 5A leading rusher Isaiah Duarte to just 72 yards in the first half, the Denton Broncos had their lead, but the Birdville Hawks weren’t going to go quietly. Duarte finished with 212 yards and four touchdowns with the Hawks scoring 19 fourth-quarter points to set up one final drive, but on fourth-and-10 at midfield with less than a minute remaining, defensive lineman Adam Bershell’s outside rush helped him come up with his third sack of the game to allow Denton to secure the 40-33 victory for the Class 5A bi-district championship at Northwest ISD Stadium on Friday.
The Denton Broncos’ fast start to the season, their win over Saginaw Boswell in the final seconds and their first playoff berth since 2010 highlight their season so far, but tonight against Birdville, all of those peaks climbed are merely hills compared with the task ahead.
ARGYLE – As Argyle volleyball coach Clark Oberle stood up to introduce Katy Keenan during a signing ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, he reminisced with the crowd about his star player’s first college offer, which he said came from Baylor the summer before Keenan’s freshman year.
Despite the absence of importance in their final game of the regular season, the Denton Broncos came into Friday’s contest against Wichita Falls with the hope that it would serve as a dress rehearsal for next week’s playoff game against Birdville. However, the Coyotes also had designs on entering the playoffs on a high note as they shot out to a 28-0 lead on the way to a 49-14 blowout at Bronco Field.
ARGYLE — Denton looked to be headed in the right direction, taking a two-set lead over Lake Dallas in a Class 5A bi-district playoff match Tuesday, but an injury to one of the Lady Broncos’ top hitters shook their confidence and sent the Argyle gym into silence. The Lady Falcons refocused, seized the momentum, fought through a closely contested third set and rode it to three straight set wins for a 10-25, 23-25, 30-28, 25-22, 15-10 victory to advance to the area round.
Jetting out to a 6-0 start, the Denton Broncos were riding high. Now, after two consecutive losses that have tested their trust and belief, they are faced with needing to win their remaining games to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010.